For Alice Aycock, whose public sculpture can be found in cities and parks worldwide, “Super Twister” — her new aluminum-and-steel piece at the CARE/Crawley Building on the UC Medical Center campus — represents ideas about chaos she has spent a lifetime pursuing.
On May 7, 1937 — exactly 77 years ago this week — the Cincinnati May Festival presented the American premiere of The Ordering of Moses, an oratorio by Robert Nathaniel Dett, an African American composer, conductor and professor.
Cincinnati Shakespeare Company’s presentation of the rarely produced The Two Noble Kinsmen is a noble feat, as it put CSC in the company of only six modern theater companies who have also “completed the canon” by performing all 38 of Shakespeare’s plays.
When scholars refer to William
Shakespeare’s canon — his “complete works” — they typically count 38
plays, written between 1590 and 1612. Only six modern theater companies
have staged them all, and Cincinnati Shakespeare Company is set to join the ranks this week.
A diminutive white-bearded man, Avtar Gill stood out in any crowd despite his humble stature. Always
wearing his oversized, hand-drawn, (typically) all caps messages which
he affixed to a baseball cap with usually no more than a few
strategically placed rubber bands, he documented everyday history in
mundane yet sometimes profound ways.
Over the Rhine, the bluesy, jazzy, folksy
band headed by blonde chanteuse Karin Bergquist and real-life partner
Linford Detweiler, named after Cincinnati’s historic Over-the-Rhine
neighborhood where they once lived, this weekend will perform live with
Cincinnati Ballet dancers in the closing series of the company’s 50th
Art Museums, like any other civic institution, participate in lots of special “days” and other catchy events to get visitors. But Slow Art Day, which occurred April
12, was such a good idea — at least at Cincinnati Art Museum (CAM),
where I participated — that it should be instituted on a regular basis.
If you’ve gone to an elementary school in
Cincinnati anytime between the ’80s and now, chances are you remember a
Madcap Puppets performance. Giant puppets, music and acting have
brought Madcap performances to life since 1981, teaching children the
fundamentals of puppetry and theater.
Directed by Greg Procaccino, Other People’s Money is
both thoughtful and funny. While we understand that the corporate
raiders of the 1980s decimated entire communities, it feels more like a
nostalgic and wistful take on gentler times.
Gypsy, a great musical from 1959,
has a score by Jule Styne, lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and a script by
Arthur Laurents. It’s the true story of burlesque stripper Gypsy Rose
Lee (she preferred the label “ecdysiast”)...